Things to do in Salem, MA — Staff Picks

  • We love working in Salem. Some of us live here too. We have compiled this list of some of our favorite places to eat and things to do in Salem, MA. We hope you have a chance to enjoy some of them while you are here!

    Things to do in Salem, MA

    Asia in Amsterdam

    Asia in Amsterdam

    Peabody Essex Museum

    • The PEM is a world-class museum (America’s oldest continually operating) with regular special exhibits

    Yin Yu Tang House

    Yin Yu Tang House

    • February 27, 2016 to June 5, 2016:
    Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age
    “This exhibition of 170 superlative Asian and Dutch works of art explores the transformative impact that Asian luxuries had on Dutch art and life in the 17th century, bringing new perspectives on the Dutch Golden Age and its relationship to Asia.”

    • Yin Yu Tang: Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house, was brought to America and reassembled at the Peabody Essex Museum

    Giles Corey, Salem Witch Memorial

    Giles Corey, Salem Witch Memorial

    • Behind the museum: Salem Witch Memorial
    Each of this park’s 20 stone benches represents a person executed in the 1692 witch trials (ask Tim about the Cabot connection)
    East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
    (866) 745-1876
    http://www.pem.org

    Salem WillowsSalem Willows
    • Historic 1866 carousel and classic skeeball. Great waterfront views and summertime fun food
    • It’s a longish walk from downtown (about a mile and a half) but the trolley runs out there (in season)
    167 Fort Ave  Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 745-0251
    http://www.salemwillowspark.com

    The National Park Service Visitor Center- Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Friendship, Salem MA

    Friendship, Salem MA

    • Free Guided Tours: Custom House & Friendship of Salem; Derby & Narbonne House
    • Visitor Center Films: Where Past is Present; Witch Hunt
    • Information on Salem, Beverly, Marblehead, and Danvers
    2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 740-1650
    http://www.nps.gov/sama/planyourvisit

     

    House of the Seven Gables, Salem, MA

    House of the Seven Gables, Salem, MA

    The House of the Seven Gables
    • Also on the same site are five additional 17th, 18th and 19th century structures:
    The Retire Becket House (1655); The Hooper Hathaway House (1682); Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Birthplace (c1750); The Phippen House (c1782); and The Counting House (c 1830)
    115 Derby St  Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 744-099
    http://www.7gables.org

    Inside Corwin House

    Inside Corwin House

    The Witch House/Corwin House
    • Salem’s only building with direct ties to the Witchcraft Trials of 1692, and one of few remaining examples in the country of a high-end First Period home
    310 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 744-8815
    http://www.witchhouse.info

     

    Pickering Wharf, Salem MA

    Pickering Wharf, Salem MA

    Boston Harbor Cruises- Salem Ferry
    • Fast ferry to Boston’s Long Wharf; food and drink available on board
    Salem Ferry Center
    10 Blaney St, Salem, MA 01970
    (617) 227-4321
    http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/salem-ferry

    Mcintire Historic District

    Mcintire Historic District

    Pickering Wharf
    • Harbor cruises, restaurants, shops
    23 Congress St  Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 744-2727
    https://www.facebook.com/PickeringWharf

     

    Mcintire Historic District
    • Self-guided walking tour
    Tour begins at Driver Park
    Corner of Essex and Summer Streets, Salem, MA 01970
    http://www.nps.gov/sama/

     

     

    CinemaSalem

    CinemaSalem

    CinemaSalem
    • Voted best movie theater on the North Shore and screens short films about the area:
    The Spirit of Salem; This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore; The True 1692 (in 3D)
    One East India Square, Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 744-1400
    http://cinemasalem.com

     

    Salem Farmers Market

    Salem Farmers Market

    Salem Farmers Market
    • Fresh produce from local farms, prepared foods, chocolate, pastries, baked goods, specialty wines, cured meats, cheeses, live lobsters and other seafood
    Thursdays 3:00 pm – 7:00pm (June through October)
    Derby Square on Front St, Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 744-0004

    http://SalemFarmersMarket.org

     

    Places to Eat in Salem, MA

    Adriatic Restaurant
    Polished place offering Mediterranean & Italian dishes, with a wine list, takeout & outdoor seating
    Dinner Only | Full Bar | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Entrees $10-25
    155 Washington Street Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 594-1832
    www.adriaticrestaurantandbar.com

    Bella Verona
    Cozy restaurant with traditional Italian cooking
    Dinner Only | Beer/Wine only | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Entrees $10-25
    Right across from the Hawthorne Hotel
    107 Essex St  Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 825-9911
    www.bellaverona.com

    Finz
    Seafood restaurant and raw bar overlooking Salem Harbor
    Lunch and Dinner  | Full Bar | Zagat Score 22/30 | Entrees $10-30
    76 Wharf St  (Pickering Wharf) Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 744-8485
    www.hipfinz.com

    Flying Saucer Pizza
    Gourmet pizza, including gluten-free and vegan options
    Lunch and Dinner | Beer/Wine only | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Entrees under $15
    118 Washington St  Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 594-8189
    www.flyingsaucerpizzacompany.com

    Gulu Gulu Café
    Hip European-style café serving coffee, sandwiches, crepes, charcuterie
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Beer/Wine/Cordials | G+ Score 4.3/5 | Entrees under $15
    247 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 740-8882
    www.gulugulucafe.com

    Howling Wolf Taqueria
    Mexican restaurant with favorites like burritos, tacos, and quesadillas served in a lively atmosphere
    Lunch and Dinner  |  Full Bar | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Entrees under $15
    76 Lafayette St  Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 744-9653
    www.feedyourwolf.com

    Life Alive
    Organic vegetarian & vegan fare, with soups, wraps & smoothies, served in mellow surroundings
    Lunch and Dinner | No alcohol | Zagat Score 24/30 | Entrees under $10
    281 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 594-4644
    www.lifealive.com

    Passage to India
    Authentic and friendly atmosphere, menu includes specialties from northern and southern India
    Lunch and Dinner  | Full Bar | Zagat Score 23/30 | Entrees $10-15
    157 Washington Street Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 832-2200
    www.passagetoindiasalem.com

    Red’s Sandwich Shop
    Popular historic (the Old London Coffee House ca. 1700’s) sandwich shop/breakfast spot
    Breakfast and Lunch | No alcohol | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Entrees under $10
    15 Central St  Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 745-3527
    www.redssandwichshop.com

    Turner’s Seafood
    New England seafood experience and fresh-catch market in storied Lyceum Hall
    Lunch and Dinner | Full Bar | OpenTable Score 4.5/5 | Entrees $10-30
    43 Church St, Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 745-7665
    www.turners-seafood.com/salem

    Victoria Station
    Waterfront restaurant serving seafood, prime rib, salad bar
    Lunch and Dinner | Full Bar | TripAdvisor Score 4/5 | Entrees $10-30
    86 Wharf St  (Pickering Wharf) Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 745-3400
    www.victoriastationsalem.com

 

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